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is diagnosed, what did you think of that? >> cenk: wait until you see the results. unbelievable. obama's press secretary good or bad? what caused the unbelievable spike and decline in crime through the 1960's and the 1990s is a decline in crime. everybody was wrong about that. an awesome yes on that, as well. guess what? it's go time. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> cenk: now atlanta pass tore louie giglio has done good work in his life, but also has terrible things to say about gay americans. he gave this sermon called in search of a standard christian response to homosexuality in the 1990's. >> homosexuality is less than god's best for his creation. it is less than god's best fours and everything in our lives. >> cenk: yeah. here's what i love. guys who think they're talking to god. i heard the voice of god. did he tell you where it said you shouldn't eat shrimp because you're going to hell. he didn't tell you that part. he did focus on the one part that they talk about not the part where if you wear two different types of clothing it's an domination and you'll serve in hell forever. that gets left out
these things because they think that president obama doesn't have the nerve to fight back and that he will concede when those threats are issued. are they right? well that is an epic question. in order to answer that epic question, i think we need political correspondent just an epic. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> cenk: all right, michael shure, we haven't run that animation for a while. >> no, for a long time. we had to come up with some dopey epic scene. >> cenk: all right, what do you think here. do the republicans mean it? >> it's pure politics. in the past when the government has been shut down the republicans have been back on their heels. it's always been the white house threatening to shut down the government. now they feel that they're in the position to say first we're going to shut the government down, then it looks like they have the upper hand in public. it may or may not be a good ploy but we don't want to get lost. we're not in a situation like greece. they're going to say greece, and first of all italy has shown solvency even though that prime minister recently stepped down. th
to australia for report. three men of somali descent are arraigned in new york. president obama continues the controversial practice of rendition, secretly detaining, transporting, and holding prisoners overseas. part two of our exclusive interview with sami al-hajj, the of jazeera journalist imprisoned and tortured at guantanamo for six years. >> when i was in guantanamo, i asked myself maybe it is a good chance for me to be a journalist in guantanamo to be a witness. [indiscernible] >> we speak with the al jazeera journalist at al jazeera headquarters in doha, qatar. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. new figures have confirmed 2012 was the hottest year on record for the continental united states. on tuesday, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration announced an average temperature for 2012 of 55.3 degrees, one degree above the previous record and 3.2 degrees more than the 20th century average. temperatures were above normal in every month between june 2011 and september 2012, a 16-month stret
, ray lahood. ruth marcus we had on the show yesterday, to ask whether or not president obama needs a binderful of women. maybe tongue in cheek. she writes about the white guys. what a shame, not an outrage, but a shame. the face of power that president obama has chosen to present to the country is strikele second for the african-american president at the top of the pyramid for its retro look. white and mail. it's "mad men" goes to washington. they've posted a picture that goes viral. all men in the oval office. in fact, if you look really are closely. we will circle the leg of valerie jarrett. you'll find her in that picture. however, she's behind the guy right there. that sparked the white house to release another photo. showing more women in the inner circle. a woman that came out wednesday. i want to start with you, is this reality or perception problems? >> this is our cover story right now. and it's a smart way to look at it, we in the media tend to focus on the big jobs. there are certain jobs sort of media more friendly. we tend to look at the cia and defense detectiver. tho
presidente barack obama podría retomar el tema migratorio y a 4 días de la toma de posesion de chavez, surgen las discrepancias inconstitucionales. el presidente barack obama promulgo la ley para atender a las víctimas del huracán sandy, supera a la organizacion fema que estaba a punto de quedarse sin fondos. >> con la llegada del nuevo año se fortalecen las nuevas noticias, presidente barack obama dice que se trataria este año la reforma migratoria, con la elección de nuevos congresistan, el mayor número de latinos en el congresos podría dar la chance de que pase. >> y los inmigrantes sin autorizacion podrían recibir licencias de conducir aquellos que recibieron el beneficio de la acción diferida. >> solo faltan 4 días para que en venezuela se lleve a cabo la toma de posesion de chavez, la opocision y el oficialismo pelean entre cuál seria la toma de poder, osmari hernandez nos aomplia. >> la cercania del 10 de enero que esta en la constitucion venenzolana genera nerviosimo. >> necesita un parte médico. >> no
: president obama hawaiian vacation is about to end. he is set to depart several hours from now and waiting for him in washington a new tuesday well the g.o.p. over raising the debt ceiling. joining us now is wendall goler, hope you holding okay. talk to the president and what he is going to be greeted with. >> reporter: he a used his weekly address to warn republicans not to use the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling to try and force government spending cuts but even as former budget director say that republicans are more likely to have more leverage. the problem is the president sees it threatening to not paying bills could raise the cost of borrowing money and a genuine u.s. government default could trigger a global recession. >> congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, consequences could be catastrophic. last time coming threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. our families and businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. >> reporter: congressional budget office passed a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff
to discuss this story and more about president obama's second term cabinet tad divine. welcome to "the war room"." >> good to be here, governor. >> jennifer: jack lou seems like the perfect nominee. twice confirmed. he's conservative, an orthodox jew. he returns to his family every weekend. he eats his plain cheese sandwich at his desk out out of a brown paper bag and more importantly he knows everything financially why are they aposhianed to him. what has he done wrong. >> he knows more about the budget than they do, they don't want to negotiate with him. they have decided to engage in non-stop partisan warfare at every turn. this is another opportunity to make trouble. they refuse to accept what the people decided in the last election. wherever they can they'll turn against the president and his appointees. it's as simple as that. >> jennifer: do you think the white house, because of his previous confirmations being relatively easy, do you think the president thought lou's confirmation would be easy as well. >> no, i don't. the president came in and i got to hear from all of them. i will
laden was shot in the head. should we release them? i don't know. >> obama: photos of someone being shot in the head floating around. >> cenk: let 'em go, let 'em go. and historic as usual, global warming all over the united states and now it's costing business in mississippi. and then we have a person who is an activist for the dream act and then all of a sudden her mother gets picked up by the authorities. get a look at this reaction. [ sobbing ] >> cenk: she's going to be on the show today. and then finally here we go again, another republican talking about legitimate rape. >> it is true. we tell couples all the time who are having trouble consuming because of the woman not ovulating, just relax. >> cenk: now wait until you find out the number of women who get pregnant because of rape in america. it's a stunning number. this is a stunning show. go time. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> cenk: all right we got some good news about afghanistan, and the good news is we're leaving. president obama met with hamid karzai, the leader of afghanistan. >> the forces i have ordered to afghanistan have served
six generals and i will ask each and every president, including president obama, and the unexpected moment came in the wake of an interview with rolling stone, magazine in which the general and his staff appeared to criticize vice-president biden and other white house officials. later tonight we will revisit that highly controversial interview and set the record straight the events surrounding his activity duty. first we welcome the studio audience author of the brand new memoir "my share of the task" retired u.s. army general stanley mcchrystal. [applause] >> it's an honor to see you. thank you so much for coming. >> sean: first of all, i've got to start, this book i could not put down and more importantly, i look at your life over the three decades, you dedicate your life to the service of your country. it's an amazing -- it is an amazing sacrifice. you go into the details about it. it's hard on our servicemen and women. >> it's amazing that i could have three decades and service and still be 26 years old. >> sean: yeah, you look great. >> exactly. no, it's an honor to be here an
to confirm them as soon as possible. >> that may be easier said than done as barack obama names the man he wants to run the cia. cleaning up the mortgage massive 2000 aid. u.s. banks agreed to settle billions of dollars worth of compensation claims. challenging china's new leadership, a journalist protest over censorship in her rare public display of dissent. -- in a rare public display of dissent. the u.s. president has nominated two key allies to top jobs in his new administration. chuck hagel will become the first former soldier to hold the post of secretary of defense. john brennan would become the new head of cia. both appointments have to be approved by the u.s. senate. nominations have already caused controversy. >> president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the man he wants to lead the pentagon and cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. chuck hagel seem
the second day of meetings for prrsident obama's anti-gun violence task force have wrapped up.as sandra endo explains... the team met with the national rifle association thursday. 3 a set of anti--un viooence recoomendations is set toobe onnthh president's desk as groups, anti-violence s and video game industry representttives, he says one there is a ssrprising - so far - surprising recurrence of suggestionn that we havee universal baccground checks. not just clooe the gunnshow loophole but total universal backgrounddchecks including cclorado's governor supports. &pwhy don't we have universal &pbaakgrouun checks all gun sales? the nationallrifle pssociation is meeting with the askforce today. and whill the group opposes tougger gun cootrol laws, it wants more armed guards in schools. in the nationns history - a ew shows. (graphic) 66% of voters say they support the idea of ppaciiggan rmed police offiier in every sshool, 29 percent opposed the idea. but at the federal level, the maaority of irginia voters assault weapons by a margin of expired in 2004. with just days to o until the to th
barack obama designe a sujefe de gabinete, antes director de presupuesto, jacob lew como su proximo secretario de tesoro... seguimos con el gobierno de los estados unidos ya que se esta contemplando posibles ordenes ejecutivas para evitar mas violencia con armas. fernando pizarro nos amplia. --------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------- a casi 1 mes de la tragedia en la escuela sandy hook de connecticut, la administracion obama inicio su campana para discutir el tema de la violencia con armas de fuego, ya sea a traves de cambios a las leyes u ordenes ejecutivas. eso le dijo el vice presidente joe biden a victimas y activistas a favor del control de armas. vice presidente joe biden el presidente va a actuar. ordenes ejecutiva o accion ejecutiva que se puedan tomar. no hemos decidido cuales aun, pero estamos recopilando idea con el fiscal general y el gabinete, como tambien sobre accion legislativa que creemos se necesita. la administracion obama indico que es urgente actuar sobre el
an argument for guns. >> kimberly: president obama doesn't think america has a spending problem. a his supporters weren't happy when he saw the tax increase hit them in the pocketbook. we break down the numbers when we come back. stay with us. ♪ ♪ >>> obama supporters like buyer's remorse after liberalism finally hits home. your paycheck. >> my boyfriend has had a a lot of expenses and feeling squeezed and having his paycheck lower didn't help. one wrote, many of my friends didn't realize it either >> eric: spread some of your wealth for a while. take the food stamp, obama broke the record. bottom line, folks we spent $100 billion on food stamps last year. money well spent say the left. look at some of the ways welfare recipients have been spending your hard eric monday. strip clubs, ipad purchases, i'm going to start with kimbo. how much waste in the system if they are spending this kind of money like this. >> kimberly: it's difficult to follow everybody around and have to rely on people that tell on other people, snitches because this is ridiculous. how do you want people to move
not heard that outcry. the balloon is still floating. president obama is meeting with president karzai tomorrow. but it has also revealed where american politics are. in year 12 of this war. nobody is outraged by the prospect of it being all the way over. nobody is shooting this balloon down. now it is time for "the last word with lawrence odonnell". >> the nra met its worst nightmare today and his name is joe biden. >> the nra is a friend of freedom. >> i want to thank the national rifle association. >> they do a terrific job. >> we have the craziest people. >> too much weaponry in all the wrong hands. >> but there are also thing that is we know. >> he has a lot of friends on the hill. >> the vice president's task force powwow. >> there is no room. >> not to give an inch of ground. >> there is no room for compromise. >> we have another school shooting in taft, california at the same moment the nra is at the white house. >> they want change it is simple. >> more guns are not the answer. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle. >> the newtown tragedy, tucson and the movie theater massacre
president obama's cabinet. >> the leadership changes that could spark a big >> happening now, president obama is announcing leadership changes in his cabinet. some are already proving to be controversial. our reporter is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> the last hour, president obama announced the nomination for two very important cabinet positions. republican chuck hagel for secretary of against and john brennan for director of the c.i.a. both picks are criticized by both parties. decorated vietnam veteran and former nebraska senator hagel has made comments not forgotten and could lead to tough questioning and a long confirmation process. back in 2010 he called the troop surge in iraq a "mistake," drawing criticism great his party. today, president obama stands by his decision saying "chuck hagel is the leader our troops deserve identity noting the involvement with the v.a. and uso he would be the first of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretary whose have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during
. >> this is the man president obama wants to lead the largest military force the world has ever known. a former soldier who knows the cost of war. >> he knows war is not an abstraction. he knows the sending young americans to fight and believe in the dark and muddy is something we only do when absolutely necessary. >> he is to be a republican senator, but he is a provocative thick. -- pick. >> i will do my best for my country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served in vietnam twice wounded and twice decorated. he had friends who got their heads blown off. he criticized the handling of the iraq war calling it -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> the tv campaign against him started when his nomination was just a rumor. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> opponents claim he is anti- israeli, even anti-semitic. he once opposed the appointment of an ambassador, criticized -- criticizing him for being openly, aggressively gay. >> good morning. how
in the air worry that thousands of people would turn out to be why no one was in danger. >>> president obama is likely to announce the nomination for defense secretary tomorrow. the likely choice is the senator chuck hadle why there should be a fire storm during the confirmation hearing. >>> and the storm will be rolling through the bay area earlier this morning. radar and in search of rain now. we'llty you the tell when you need the umbrella when we continue on the cw. for ,, ,,,,,,,, created what appeared to be "ball of fire" in the area. and it left a lot of people nd wondering what >>> a methane gas burn off at lax, what appeared to be a ball of fire in the bay area leaving a lot of people nervous, wondering what's going on. a large plume of smoke and flames could be seen shooting 100 feet up in the air. some people thought that the plane had crashed. >> and you could feel the earth move underneath you. you could feel the intensity of the burning that was happening. >> all of a sudden like i heard the rumbling noise. and it was, i would say about two minutes, and then like an explosion h
. u.s. president barack obama has made controversial choices for two of the top jobs in his government. is nominated chuck hagel for defense secretary and john brenan as dia director. both of them must now be approved by the u.s. senate. now this report. >> with his second term soon to begin, president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the men that he wants to lead the pentagon and the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. table seems perfect for the pentagon. a decorated combat veteran in vietnam and a former republican senator from nebraska. some conservatives say that he is not strong enough supporter of israel, even though he voted many times to send billions of dollars in u.s. financial aid. >> i will do my best for our country and those i represent at the pentagon, and for all our citizens. a john brenan is a long time administration officials spent 25 y
not to negotiate with president obama, president obama was promising not to negotiate over the debt limit, and vice president biden seemed like the only one left in a good mood. >> public service was never meant to be an easy living. extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership. so if you've come here to see your name in the lights or to pass off a political victory as some accomplishment, you've come to the wrong place. the door is right behind you. >> i think most of our members, and we are never unanimous, but we do have consensus, most of our members know that for the president to have leverage on the next hurdles that we face that we had to get over this hurdle. gwen: the president signed the budget bills after resuming his holiday vacation in hawaii and before congress today officially certified the electoral college vote that will return him to the white house. but things are by no means settled here in washington because there is almost certainly more to come. the folks around this table have covered this epic political and policy battle around the clock. literally, as joe biden
in defense of hagel, shannon. >> the senator toured the middle east with then candidate obama in 2008 a lot of people thought he was auditioning for a cabinet job back then. is he going to be able to count on republican votes. >> president allowed the cabinet he wants unless they're grossly unfit. but they'll surely remind the senate and public about the two purple hearts and other service medals he was awarded as an infantryman and president obama told meet the press last sunday that he sees nothing to disqualify hagel. >> i've served with chuck hagel, i know him. he is a patriot. he is somebody who's gone extraordinary work in the united states senate and served this country with valor in vietnam, and is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. >> indeed, haigle's presence on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but wh
do. p>>> president obama will nominate chief of staff jack loo for secretary as soon as tomorrow. he would replace timothy geitner and he is the former director and if confirmed by the senate, it would be president obama's appointment and major battles ahead over the debt limit and reducing the deficit. meantime, new talk from the obama administration that the u.s. could decide to pull all remaining troops out of afghanistan by the end of next year. the deputy national adviser for strategic communication would not rule that out during a conference call with reporters. >> that would be an option we would consider because again the president does not view the negotiations as having a goal of keeping u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> the pentagon said thousands of troops may be needed beyond 2014 to contain al qaeda who currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote ve
. >> the fact is they might find out who they're shooting is not president obama, but the american people. >> or the brand of the republican party. >> yeah, that's called a boom rang and the bullet hits you. chris and melissa, thanks. have a great weekend. happy new year to both of you. be sure to catch up with chris hayes saturdays and sundays at 8:00 a.m. followed by melissa harris-perry at 10:00 a.m. coming up, republican smack down. it's chris christie versus paul ryan facing off over sandy relief. and putting ideology over people. and nothing is certain except death, taxes and right-wing out rage at president obama's family vacation. we're breaking out our video tape tonight. plus, president obama's not so secret political weapon. joe biden, he's sealing deals and having a whole lot of fun on the hill. the tape everyone is talking about is coming up. >> hey, mom! >> hey. >> how are you? i'm joe biden. come on, mom. take a chance. ruin your reputation here. >> you're watching politics nation on msnbc. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? maybe you want to incorporat
to rest the whole idea that there will ever about an obama pivot to the center. he went with a guy who was to the left of tim geithner. he is there to execute the obama tax hike don't reform entitlements policy. >> that is a greaeat point. >> he is there to stabilize the debt. >> this is not a centerist appointment. th mr. geithner, i believe he was a centerist. >> why is he a financial market guy? >> he grew up as a banker. what about larry fink, he is a democrat and well respected by everyone. >> i have a list here. >> jamie diamond. ken chenault. >> you need someone who understands the fiscal books at a time like this. >> we disagree. we don't need someone who understands the books, we need someone who understands where we should go and where those books should take us. and i don't think he does. i don't think they understand fiscal policy better than jack lou. he got you guys a surplus back in the 90s. >> all established people in financial markets all distinguished people who command the respect of not only around here in the new york area but the whole g-20. this is going to be a
chuck hagel fans. that said president obama has picked hagel. he likes hagel. they're friends going back to their senate tenure. it's hard to imagine if obama really wants hagel ten democratic senators will vote against him. i find that hard to believe. second thing is president obama wants to push for cuts in defense spending. their view is there's no better advocate for it, no better voice for cutting the pentagon that a provincial vietnam veteran like chuck hagel. >> i want to play a clip of what former general stanley mcchrystal said on the "today" show this morning. >> if president obama trusts him, i think senator hagel has the experience. he's certainly got the quality as a person. the real matter is whether the president has that level of trust. that level of trust and relationship between those people and with other members of the cabinet are the most important. >> matt, to perry's point, is a big part of this about the president just likes him? they've gotten along for many years now? >> yeah. he has a very close relationship with vice president joe biden as well from thei
the bottom. in terms of the certainty of the tax deal, yes, we do have that, but on the other hand, the obama health care law is going to be implemented all through 2013. and the wall street journal just reported that only 14% of small businesses actually understand the obama health care law. and so, there is a huge overhang of uncertainty and then plus dodd frank which is going to be implemented through the financial industry. why do we have 2% growth? i think those are the reasons. we have some positive signals for the economy, but not enough to pull it off. >> paul: steve, let me, is there a silver lining here at all that maybe the public will begin to understand that you can't reduce the deficit with a tax increase? you just can't do it. this represents what, 600 billion dollars they say over ten years, that's about 6, 7% max of what the deficit is? >> great point, paul. let me step back a minute and say that you and i and dan and eric will lived through the budget deals for 25, 30 years, this is the first and almost none of them have worked out very he well. but this is the first budget
until the end of the month but will present recommendation to president tuesday. as obama's second term gets underway. that he are expected to have background check without exception. >> universal background chec checks. not just close the gun show loophole but universal background check including private sales. >> swing state of virginia with the history of depending the second amendment. both sides have popular suggestions. 92% favor closing the loophole. 66% propose the armed officers in school. biden is promoting other restrictions, too. >> i never heard so much about the need to do something about the high capacity magazines, as i heard spontaneous from every group we met with so far. >> the vice president met with the gun rights groups including the nra which opposing anything that diminishing second amendment rights and have seen the membership grow by 100,000 since the newtown, connecticut, ram pain and the president's promise to respond aggressively. >> after meeting with the vice president, the nra complained that the focus was not so much about protecting kids but attacking t
means he all rigready has input the obama administration's work. >>> they have problems with hagel because of israel's issue and other back comments. >> back in 1988 senator hagel made comments about a man who served as ambassador james hormel went on to become the country's first openly gay ambassador. he at the time described him as openly agreasively gay. hagel issued an afollowing he never received it only the news did. gay, lesbian advocacy groups, so we can hip. knock down graig out controversy battle. >> oo thank you vogt incinerate would be going up. they increased premiums pes bit the rising cost of health kay. the most vulnerable peter duessy has more from washington. >> some states the accordable care act may not be liing up to its name. some insurance companies in ohio and florida already raised their premiums at least 20 percent. blue shield raises them 26 percent. hoet care costs even though obama care them before we review the tinker if it's an proved sheriff's department it's heart to denied the treatment yums. that could put a major strain on the system. >> they ar
and as the alleged mad man in the movie theater massacre stands trial, the obama white house is trying to find a way to stem gun violence. >> there is something that wakes up the conscious of the country. that tragic event did it in a way like nothing i have seen in my career. the president is going to act. there executive orders and action that can be taken. we have not decided what that is yet. >> that was vice president biden with eric holder and gun safety groups and victims of past shootings. he is tasked with finding common ground on proposals to curb gun violence. they will meet with owner, video game manufacturers, hollywood executives. parents, teachers and mental health groups and advocates and community leaders. this is the first time they publicly reached out to the nra. they will meet tomorrow, but don't expect wayne la pierre to be there. they are sending a representative in his place. biden will release a statement here with us for the first time in 2013, howard fineman, director of the "huffington post" media group. welcome back to the show. first of all -- we have got the news of th
clinton and obama and helping not only to balance the budget in the '90s but generate a surplus. two years ago, he helped negotiate the budget control act. politico puts it this way. tim geithner was a banking man tapped to handle a banking crisis. jack lew is a budget guy being brought in to handle the government's fiscal disaster. on the hill, a handful of republicans oppose lew's confirmation but survived the process twice in four years at omb director and deputy secretary of state. we have jake sherman here. we're hearing yet another white man added to a cabinet with quite a few white men and dwindling number of females s. the president and the team feeling president to add some more diverse faces to the team? >> they released a photo showing that president obama does, in fact, have female advisers in the inner circle and more opportunities yesterday. solis said she was stepping down from the labor department which she ran since the beginning of the administration. transportation is a role that they've been wishy-washy on whether ray la hood would say and more opportunities. susan rice
obama. that would be enough. the fact that he negotiated a deal, which republicans didn't fare well in, in terms of the tax deal. this guy is so confirmable. >> all right, richard wolff gets the last word. >>> out of the way. obama's coming. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i think we're looking at a new barack obama. you know the expression let reagan be reagan. i think we're seeing barack obama be barack obama. an in your face challenge to the right wing. he's putting in a guy who knows the lessons of vietnam and iraq and putting him out front, making him his point man as he goes into the war of hawkish republicans who count the months between wars as an unwanted time-out. who like nothing more than the next war to fight. meet barack obama two. he's going to run the way he believes to do it. i like it. i think there's one guy out there by the way ironically rooting for obama. it's the guy who got used by the hawks, saw his place ruined by their lies. his name is george w. bush. and he's sitting down there i
. president obama today moving @%ward a complete overhaul of his national security team. the president announcing that he is nominating former nebraska senator jack cable, a republican, to replace outgoing defense secretary leon panetta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national security team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and
>> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in maryland earlier this morning. the president interrupted his vacation by flying back to washington to settle the fiscal cliff negotiations. now. he's back to face new battles over spending cuts and raising the country's debt ceiling. the president could also announce nominees for key positions in his cabinet as soon as tomorrow. with the fiscal cliff beginning to fade from the minds of many americans a new fight is heating up on capitol hill. a new deal over the debt ceiling is looming in the not-so-distant future. we go now to elizabeth corridan to check up on both sides and how they're preparing to get a new deal in place. >> "i believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired." >> reporter: strong words for a new congress, the new years deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" has come and gone. now lawmakers start a
with president obama the idea of the obama candidacy was to get washington past it's partisan warfare. that new kind of politics has lead to many successes. it has not led to less partisanship. the one part that has been a bright spot in cutting deals and getting a working relationship is this old school senate drenched back room dealing. in a funny way it has worked in this new bitter era. >> karen, it looks like we are headed for a biden versus clinton presidential primary in 2016 and make others. but it looks like joe biden and hillary are going to be in there. i don't know that i can bear to think about 2016. but anything is possible is what i would say at this point. here is the thing about joe biden, he has street credit. think about when he went to the naacp. he felt he was natural and he had credibility with the audience. he was able to talk about the things that mattered to the audience. that is part of what he has brought to the white house. he was also a part of the foreign policy team. maybe it will be hillary clinton and maybe they will all three get in the room and say okay you go
and this time it's over raising the debt limit. sources are saying president obama will use campaign style tactics in his approach but even before the fight hits fever pitch, both sides are speaking past each other and they stake familiar ground between taxes and spending. >> we're talking about looking at the tax code, putting everything on the table from the standpoint of closing loopholes and we know we can do that. special subsidies for big oil, $38 billion right there. how much more revenue can we get as we go forward? >> the tax issue is finished, over, completed. that is behind us now. the question is what are we going to do about the real problem. we didn't have this problem because we weren't taxing enough. unfortunately because of the agreement that was reached, 99% of americans will not see their taxes go up. 5,000 small businesses will not see their taxes go up. president got trillion dollars less than what he wanted. >> jamie: molly henneberg joins us. molly, obviously it's going to be the next item on the agenda. the debt ceiling and spending. we hope, now that the president
haas writes from alberta, canada, he would like to have dinner with president obama because eric is pretty sure the president would pick up the tab. (laughter) >> i'm picking that up, eric, not him. back to tips of the day, thank you for writing. very interesting reading. that's it for us tonight. check out the fox news factor website different from billoreilly.com. also we'd like to you spout out about the factor, from anywhere in the world and even kazakhstan. and anytime, anytime. word of the dskurrilous, not squirrelous. i i'm bill o'reilly. remember, the spin stops here, remember, we're looking out for you. >> and welcome to hahn, the president and his newly formed gun task force continue to plug away taking away your guns and vice-president biden with his task force, they met with gun rights groups at the white house and aiming to have a list of recommendations on president obama's desk by tuesday. but before his meeting with the n.r.a. this afternoon, biden gave us a glimse into what some of those suggestions might be. watch this. >> there's an emerging set of recommenda
obama, who has repeatedly made offers to republicans on cuts to social security. the recent fiscal cliff negotiations, president obama gave house speaker john boehner a third proposal, increasing the tax rate threshold to $400,000 and adding chained cpi, which is a benefit reduction in social security. that's the only way you can look at it. republicans did not take the plan. when harry reid was negotiating with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell, the president allegedly asked reid to put social security reforms back on the table, according to multiple accounts, senator reid was so unhappy with the proposal, he threw it into a burning fireplace in his office. the white house says a formal offer on social security was never made. but president obama's position on social security reform really isn't hard to find. in his 2006 book, "the audacity of hope," president obama wrote the problems with the social security trust fund are real but manageable. in 1983, when facing a similar problem, ronald reagan and house speaker tip o'neill got together and shaped a bipartisan plan that stabil
. come on, it was predictable, right? president obama makes it clear that his team is ready for a fight over confirming chuck hagel as defense secretary. can the former republican senator satisfy enough democrats on capitol hill to get the votes he need? >>> enhanced interrogation. john brennan the president's pick to run the cia could face a lot of questions over his role in shaping counterterror policies during the bush administration and, frankly, with the drone wars of the obama years. >>> and then politics loses one of its best biographers, well, ever. saying good-bye to richard ben kramer, a man who knew what it takes better than anybody. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 8th, 2013. this is "daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. my first reads of the morning. chuck hagel's nomination has set up a tough, new political fight for the white house. a fight president obama signaled he's ready to have over the plain spoken vietnam veteran. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i wa
t theyoungturks.com. >> john: nominated g.o.p. and media accuse the obama cabinet of having too many white males which is kind of like her maine cain accusing -- herman cain accusing of too many black people. we'll talk to the man who is the leading voice in the crusade against man-made global warming and it ain't who you think. a new push to demonize illegal immigrants in america. and 23 years ago today my friends, time inc. merged with warner communications to create time-warner. and it is too bad so many of you will never even hear me announce that. this is "viewpoint." >> john: good evening. i'm john fuglesang. thank you so much for joining us this evening on "viewpoint." vice president biden says president obama will get hig working group's recommend ailses on curbing gun violence by tuesday. around the time joe biden was making the statements, news broke on the latest american school shooting. a male student was shot in the chest allegedly by another male student armed with a shot gunn at the taft union high school in kern county, california, about 120 miles north of l.a.
moments from the last election involved president obama himself telling a laugh out loud deadpan joke. but it did happen once. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. you mentioned the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. we have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. we have ships that go underwater. nuclear submarines. >> ships that go underwater. after that moment in the third presidential debate last year there was a brief but fascinating flurry of really earnest fact checking about the question of whether or not there really are fewer bayonets in the u.s. military right now. remember? tmz had an exclusive inside scoop on outrage from the bayonet community. "we are not obsolete." in fact, the last famous bayonet charge in american history was in 1951 during the korean war. but as rajiv chandrasekran of the "washington post" noted at the time of that debate, it was in 2004
>> good morning. coming up another showdown is brewing in washington as president obama prepares to name his pick for the next secretary of deaf. today new details in the case against james holmes in the case of the movie theater shooting that killed 12 people at a colorado theater. plus hillary clinton gets back to work. what prince charles worries about. and a kangaroo on the loose. where else but australia. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a very good morning to you. the white house confirmed today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early th
. be a gracious host. don't keep that bean dip to yourself. president obama is still holding on to the coveted data base of 16 million voters, volunteers and donors. he's going to have to share if he wants to keep the party going. pick a theme. a togo party kegger. articulate goals with a clear, concise and memorable message that signals the vision for 2016 and beyond. now, here's a known secret that only the best party planners know, don't do it alone. delegate a few friends to pick up the ice or plates and cups. the president needs to identify his field lieutenants to do the grunt work of building up the party. that means running for office, searching for viable candidates to run in 2014 or 2016, buildsing party organizations and crafting a cohesive policy agenda on state and county levels. once you have done all of that, you want to make sure your party is unforgotable. don't be afraid to shake things up. swap out the regular lightbulbs for the black light and turn your party into a groovy shack. newt gingrich was good at this. inviting broad, diverse of people. make sure everyone doesn't a
weeks. president obama has already announced he's nominated senator john ker troy succeed her. while he should sail through the confirmation process relatively easily his president's pick for secretary of defense looks like he may have a tougher time today. the president will announce he's% nominating former nebraska senator chuck hagel to follow leon panetta as secretary of defense. here is senate minority leader mitch mcconnell as stephanie mentioned on one of his many appearances on the talk shows from abc's this week with mcconnell talking about his priorities for whoever takes over as secretary of defense. >> whoever is nominated for secretary of defense is going to have a have a full understanding of our close relationsship with our israeli allies, the iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military. >> he's just a bundle of energy. hagel is a vietnam war veteran and a moderate republican. he's taking heat especially from fellow republicans over his support of israel, whether or not he's supportive enough and whether or not he's willing to take a hard enough stance a
in washington continues to turn. and cabinet secretary has resigned out of the obama administration. who was it? well tell you in just a few moments. first, we'll go to out to los angeles, our current news update with lisa ferguson. >> hey peter. good morning bill. good morning everyone. more gun debate as vice president joe biden takes on a new round of meetings along with attorney general eric holder. first they'll speak with wildlife and sporting groups at 11:45 this morning. on to gun owner's groups including the nra and representatives from the entertainment industry this evening. kathleen sebelius wills attend some of the meetings. it is a big step for president obama's new gun violence task force launched in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary. but it did not necessarily leave many with high expectations. businesses that sell a lot of guns like walmart will also be in on some meetings. those groups are more likely to be influenced by the nra since they're making a big profit off those firearms. and they do not want to appear too entrenched in the white house's anti-gun push
it will be at least in the short term. president obama has made major decisions. he has promised he will make 12 million illegal immigrants legal. that will present a tremendous number. from the bureaucrats to those who have to teach for the citizenship exam. once they're legal there are social service needs they'll have for medical care because they'll qualify for obamacare once they're legal, to schools, to social services, social workers. i think that kind of thing short term will create a lot of jobs. >> government jobs. okay. if the fiscal cliff happens and we should be clear, we are recording this now, prerecording at a time where we do not know the end of that yet. we don't know the results. if the fiscal cliff happens, whether it does or not, how will it affect jobs? >> it wouldn't be that critical either way. i think it will be a fiscal slope. i know politicians like to cry chicken little but in reality i don't think it will have a major impact. larger impacts will be obamacare. for example, one of the ways it will be somehow affordable is we're going to downgrade medical care. in inste
if it is interim, that one vote could be important. host: a facebook comment, president obama thought raising the debt ceiling was a bad idea when bush was president and said he would not vote for it. guest: with this a filibuster debate that is going on now in the senate between the republicans and democrats, if you go back and read the comments, they were reversed in 2005 when the democrats were filibustering george bush's traditional nominations. i think it is important to do these things on their merits. i think senator obama's vote was a mistake. if there is any truth in this town, it is that there is no dearth of blame to go around. host: how much time did you take to consider the caucus? guest: i did not make a decision during the campaign. i was asked a question almost exclusively by washington journalists. i was virtually never asked the question by people in maine. most people in maine did not care. they said, go down there and try to get something done. one guy yelled across the diner, i do not care who you caucus with. i am with you all the way. the first question was, could i be
. >> president obama back in washington to put the pieces of his second term in place. the new financial crisis he faces. and who he plans to nominate to be the next secretary of defense. also. the big change in san francisco. as drivers now have to shell out change. to park in the city on sundays. james holmes. the suspect in the colorado movie theater [ female announcer ] safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to get great prices on things you need. if your resolution is saving money, safeway gives you real big club card deals each week. now's a good time to pack your lunches. lean cuisine is just $1.99. yoplait yogurt is just 50 cents. resolutions, kept. and charmin is $13.99 for 30 double rolls. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway. ingredients for life. >> james holmes, shooting. is expected to appear in court tomorrow. holmes is the man accused of killing twelve people and injuring nearly 70 others when he opened fire at a theater in aurora colorado last july. during this preliminary hearing the prosecutors will outline their case against holmes and the ju
mujeres y uno de dos latinos que en el gabinete del presidente barak obama. mucho se estÁ hablando de quienes obama ha nominado para los cargos mÁs seÑalados. >>> hoy fue a jack l. como secretaria del tesoro, john kerry como secretario de estado, brennan tambiÉn como de la cia. >>> la percepciÓn que deja los nombramien nombramientos. >>> la realidad es que en la naciÓn tenemos diversidad, tenemos tener voces representando el gobierno. >>> casa blanca catalogÓ de sin fundamentos las criticas. >>> el portavoz presidencial dijo que hay numerosas mujeres en posiciones claves como cecilia muÑoz en la casa blanca. >>> javier becerra dice que espera que continÚe. >>> nuestra comunidad le dio la presidencia por segunda vez, hace por nombrar personas de la comunidad que son americanos sumamente calificados. >>> en la casa blanca insisten que el presidente valora la diversidad y que seguirÍa en el segundo mandato, en la comunidad latina hay quienes estÁn pendientes de que esto ocurra. >>> el presidente con barak obama va a hacer dos ceremonia de juramentaciÓn, usarÁ dos biblias, en
the recommendations to president obama next week and late this afternoon, the national rifle association issued a statement reacting to the white house meeting and the statement inside part, we were disappointed with how little the meet handwriting to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment. it's unfortunate this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to the nation's most pressing problems. we will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. >>> the news edge is on virginia. the new poll shows an overwhelming number of virginians support background checks for gun buyers. the quinnipiac university poll said 92% favor background checks. >> having a background check is not an intrusion on anyone's second amendment rights. and most of my constituents, and i am gratified to learn, most virginians think that is a reasonable measure to protect the public. >> a majority also would support putting armed police officers in public schools. half of virginians polled believe the
with president obama. good evening. breaking news, superstorm sandy crashing ashore new jersey. two million people without power. i watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today. really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. you know, you see sights like the seaside boardwalk where the program the jersey shore is filmed. the boardwalk is gone. amusement rides, roller coaster in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> you've taken charge, as you've always done in these situations, and in a very impressive way. people have been surprised that you've been so out spokenly supportive and praise worthy of the president. i'm not surprised, knowing you, but explain why you were happy to did so close to an election when some people will say that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than the election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people of my state. and when the president does things that deserve praise, i will give him praise and when
. >> and we're getting word that president obama is getting ready to announce his pick for defense secretary. likely chuck haggle to replace leon pa net at that. hi, james. >> two democratic sources confirmed to fox news's ed henry late yesterday that president obama has indeed settled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon, this apparent pick despite many indications that the g.o.p. maverick would face a rocky confirmation hearing. the former two term senator from nebraska has a history of blunt statements including a reference to the jewish lobby as intimidating force on capitol hill that will likely draw fresh, and openly pai ambassador as quote, aggressively gay and hormel says that the apology was sent to the news media and not to him. and hagel has at times resisted imposition of sanctions against iran for the ren grade nuclear program and balked sometimes efforts to designate hezbollah a terrorist group. >> i do have serious concerns about his position that he's stated on israel, and some of the statements he's made in the past, as well as his positions on iran and i think that those are
. trade agenda in the obama administration has been d-e- d-e-a-d. dead. there is a conversation that is starting about a trade pack with the european union, smart thing i do. don't you i? >> bob: but they don't want to buy anything. >> andrea: why? >> dana: why do you want to be more like them? >> andrea: we have come full circle. they don't have money. why? they have been giving handout to all the people. mention at early ages 43 years old and beyond. they give out national healthcare. you say obamacare isn't nationalized healthcare but it's structured to end up that way in the end game. looks what happens in greece. no money to pay for prescriptions to give people -- they can't give prescriptions. >> bob: i don't disagree about europe. i think it's, the mediterranean particularrously a basket case. we don't want it to be like that. on the left. no interest. >> eric: the difference between europe and america is zo far are the tax rates. in europe, you are taxed in excess of 50% to france pushing the 75% tax. we are headed in the wrong direction. the democrats said enough is eno
for some of the toughest firmte firstterm decisions. this is obama's team. a lot different from gates, from even panetta and from clinton or petraeus. >>> all right, moving on. battle lines are set for a march budget showdown and the leading players appear to be doing their best to establish, i would argue, the low ground. remember, three deadlines coincide two months from now. setting up some form of triple jeopardy, if you will. the treasury department runs out of options to cover u.s. borrowing risking potential default. the whole debt ceiling business. the domestic and defense cuts postpone for two months by the fiscal cliff deal kick in. also known as sequester around these parts. of course, march 27th, the big the continuing resolution that funds the entire government expires. that may be where things truly heat up. mitch mcconnell drew a line in the sand saying though republicans are willing to work on tax reform as part of upcoming budget negotiations, new tax revenue is, "absolutely off the table." >> we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over, it's behind us. >> the tax issue is
house, pressuring the congress to get it passed quickly on the 15th of the month. and president obama reached out to governor chris christie, governor cuomo and reiterated support for the relief package. i expect him to engage in similar outreach and speak publicly about it. release a statement about getting it done. and so many officials there in that region have stressed this is vital to the folks who are really still suffering in the wake of hurricane sandy. you will see president obama to some extent engage in getting this passed quickly. >> he talked about his approach to reducing the deficit. let's take a look at this. >> i believe we can find more places to cut spending without short changing things like education, job training, research and technology. all of which are critical to prosperity in the 21st century economy. they must be reformed. >> what does the white house try to get what the president wants out of his next budget showdown? >> they have already put part of their strategy into motion which is basically getting republicans to compromise on the tax issue. rememberi
served on the foreign relations committee and co-chair of president obama's intelligence advisory award. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again. and especially its men and women in uniform and their families. these are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and sellessness. >> already, hagel is getting support from both sides of the aisle. former secretary of state colin powell says i wholeheartedly endorse president obama's nomination for former senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. senator hagel is well qualified with his broad experience in national security affairs. he's the president's choice. he's clearly a qualified candidate. but, yet, again, republicans are attacking one of the president's pick. and this time, they're turning their backs on one of their own. senator lindsey graham says he's out of the mainstream. john mccain says he has serious concerns about hagel's views on national kurt. and senate minority leader promises hagel a lot of tough questions. many of these same -- now, the pro
senator from nebraska. he is now president obama's nominee to be secretary of defense. john kerry, of course, went on to become a democratic senator from massachusetts. he is now president obama's nominee to be secretary of state. eric shinseki went on to become an army lifer. he went on to become a four star general. he was appointed secretary of veterans affairs by president obama, in president obama's first term. general shinseki is expected to stay on at veterans affairs in the second term. if senator kerry and senator hague really confirmed in the two positions for which they are nominated, which especially in the case of senator hagel is no sure bet, but if they are all confirm, this will be the first time that there are three vietnam combat veterans in the cabinet. the expiration of vietnam as an american political issue -- and the expiration of the issue of vietnam service for american political leaders, that expiration date has been prematurely proclaimed for decades now. when bill clinton in 1992 won the presidency, despite having not served in vietnam, and his opponents
crisis. at the supreme court, justices turned with a challenge to president obama's policies on government-funded stem cell research and the court also scheduled oral arguments in two gay marriage cases for march. president obama nominated former nebraska republican chuck hagel to head up the defense department and john brennan to take over at the cia. hamid karzai is coming to washington later this week, the headlines this morning about president obama's foreign policy agenda for 2013 -- we want to hear from you -- what are the challenges in 2013 on the foreign-policy front? the numbers are on your screen. send us a tweet or post your comments on facebook. also send us an e-mail. we are getting your reaction today to the nominations put out by the white house yesterday. president obama had a news conference to put forth chuck hegel as well as the john brennan. to head the cia. also, there are the headlines in the newspapers of syria, iran, peace in the middle east, etc so we want to get your take -- what to you think of foreign policy issues in 2013? here is some comments on
for his role in the obama administration's drone warfare overseas. in his remarks at the time, brennan had said there was not a single collateral death in the previous year of drone attacks. his letter qualified his remarks by saying he had no information to the at the time. it has been revealed the u.s. a massacre at the time convict pakistani concerns directly to the highest levels of the obama white house. the concern centered around a march 2011 strike that killed 42 pakistani, most of them civilians. vice-president joe biden met with gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday as part of his task force on tackling gun violence in the united states. in a welcome message to his guests, biden vowed president obama would take meaningful action through executive order if need be. >> we are here today to deal with the problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in a photo opportunity just ask you what your opinions are. we're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. b
that president obama might not wait for congress before taking action. political correspondent carl ram ron. >> they opened the first meeting with victim and gun safety groups and recalled the rampage that killed 20 children. in connecticut last month. >> i don't think anything touched the heart of the american people profoundly, seeing the young children. >> the president promised quick response in wake of the attack and biden said the legislative and executive actions are possible. insiders say he could present findings next week. mr. obama indicated support for among other things ban on assault weapons. new restrictions on magazines and loophole free background check. national data base to track weapons and increase mental health efforts. >> there is a wide consensus in the gun safety area that should be done around the table. >> he will meet with the other side, even an official from the national rifle association that opposes attempt to restrict gun rights. they proclaimed january 19 gun appreciation day. they want a big show of support at gun show, stores and shooting ranges. the grou
, money bunny for the obama campaign. >> still. >> bill burton of priorities usa action. nbc news political analyst, former pennsylvania governor and current governor of "now" ed rendell, msnbc contributor and queen bee joye reid, and buzz feed editor in chief the eternally buzzy ben smith. gun reform advocates knew that introducing any kind of firearm safety laws would be met with a fight, but did they expect actual battle cries? >> i'm here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. doesn't matter how many lemons you get on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> just hours before vice president biden met with representatives of the nra yesterday, he spoke for the first time about some of the ideas gaining traction, including universal background checks and a ban on high capacity magazine clips. after the meeting of president of the nra said their discussion wasn't "a real conversation" and this morning pushed back against any regulation on gun ownership including background checks and a
is still floating. president obama is meeting with president karzai tomorrow. but it has also revealed where american politics are. in year 12 of this war. nobody is outraged by the prospect of it being all the way over. balloon down. "first look" is up next. >>> good friday morning. right now on "first look," vice president joe biden readies his gun control recommendations for president obama. >>> major concern among top military brass that budget cuts and hiring freezes could create a department of defense with a hollow force. >>> government sting. the dea set up our own secret service agents with prostitutes. >>> all that, plus, the growing flu epidemic, one year after the costa concordia accident, and the return of the water skiing squirrel. >>> good morning. vice president biden continues to hold meetings as the head of the administration's gun control traffic force. biden met with gun control advocates as well as retailers. while participants described the meetings as open and frank, the nra had harsh words for the president afterwards. >> the administration was able to check the
war room," president obama nominates a republican war hero for defense secretary, and republicans say they don't like it. honestly, what is wrong with these people? [♪ theme music ♪] >> jennifer: today the president nominated normer nebraska senator, chuck hagel for defense secretary so he would be the first enlisted soldier to leave the department. and also the first vietnam department. he has gotten endorsements from colon powell robert gates, tom ridge, but the other defining element of his resume? he's a republican. >> finally chuck represents the bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. for his independence he has earned the respect of military leaders, republicans and democrats, including me. >> jennifer: he would be the second appointed cabinet member. and not since president kennedy have there been that many republican in a democratic administration. but listen to this. >> i know chuck hagel. he is an honorable man, but he is profoundly wrong. it is pretty clear that chuck hagel has left the republican party when he endorsed preside
two weeks. we will be taking up the obama assault on the second amendment with his presidential power, by talking with trey gowdy and peter jensen. also tonight, a live report on big news out of washington. president obama officially nominating jack lew to head up the treasury department. shannon bream handles that for us. we will take an in-depth look at what has become an epidemic in this country. doctor robbie ludwig joins us on the psychology of what is a culture. what some call human graffiti. and secretary geithner not winning resounding support from republicans despite the fact that is budget director in the clinton administration, he presided over three straight balanced budgets. shannon bream has our report. reporter: >> i cannot think of a better person to continue then jack lew. reporter: president obama signaling plans to continue by nominating jack lew. he has handled a string of issues that has impacted the economy. >> he presided over three budget surpluses in a row. for all the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, he is a guy who
. the imperious obama presidency flat out refusing to negotiate with republicans on the national debt ceiling. the republicans led by speaker boehner are determined to take up debt and spending once again. this time he says the american people are on his side. the speaker today in the republican caucus meeting behind closed doors. bigger banner making it clear that the president's refusal to negotiate will not deter him or his party and the speaker said that the president said that he n't going to have a debate with us over the debt ceiling. he also sayshat he's not going to cut spending along with a debt limit hik. fiscal cliff behind us on the focus turns to spending. speaker boehner cited a new poll, shwing 72% of americans agree with him. but any increase in the debt lit must be accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts. senator john cornyn saying that if the president intends the president intends to carry through with his no negotiation threat, but a government shutdown may be the only way to find resolution. the new senate majority leader is saying that it may be necessary to par
. president obama won 71% of the hispanic vote over mitt romney this past election. in 2008, obama took 67% to mccain's 31%. >>> well, the pentagon is preparing for a worst case scenario in which lawmakers fail to retain march 1st deadline on a budget deal that would result in deep across the board budget cuts, including 500 million less for the pentagon. defense secretary leon panetta has ordered a series of cutback measures, including a freeze on civilian hiring and a delay on contract awards. he also warned budget cuts would be a huge setback for national security. >> regardless of what congress does or fails to do, we still have an obligation to protect this country. the simple fact is that this fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. and like any grave threat that we face, the american people expect and deserve action. >> panetta, who is stepping down as defense secretary, said the budget cuts may require furloughs for nearly 800,000 civilian employees in the department. >>> well, today president obama is scheduled to meet with afghan president ha
to seek reelection. president obama has tapped his chief of staff jack lew for treasury secretary. if confirmed, he would replace timothy geithner. >> it is a less controversial move then chuck hegel, but he does face tough critics. sally has more from washington. >> the president says that jack lew has built a reputation as a master of policy and that someone who can work with members of both parties. the president made the announcement this afternoon. lew served as the chief of staff and in the office of the management and budget. in the clinton administration, he also served in the office of management and budget. >> i trust his judgment. i know few people with greater integrity. >> if confirmed, i will work with the people in the treasury who have legendary skill and knowledge. >> lew would take the helm of a tough time as the nation faces battles over the debt limit and cutting spending. and the nomination is drawing criticism from senate republicans who are questioning lew's commitment to cutting spending and getting the nation's fiscal house in order. >> all right, thank yo
at the white house and aiming to have a list of recommendations on president obama's desk by tuesday. but before his meeting with the n.r.a. this afternoon, biden gave us a glimse into what some of those suggestions might be. watch this. >> there's an emerging set of recommendations, not coming from me, but coming from the groups we've met with and i'm focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership, the type of weapons that they own. and one is, there's a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high capacity magazines, as i've heard spontaneously from every group that we've met with so far. and the last area, which is an area at that is-- the whole question of the ability of any federal agency to do any research on the issue of gun violence. >> sean: now, keep in mind, uncle joe made those comments before he met with members of gun rights groups and from the sound of it the meeting was very unproductive. the n.r.a. puts out a statement. we we
in washington d.c. right now. we have just learned that vice-president joe biden plans to give president obama his recommendations on ways to curb gun violence by tuesday. that's where we begin today's edition of "america live." welcome, everyone, i'm megyn kelly. this comes as the vice-president holds meetings today with sportsmen, wild life interest group, wal-mart and most notably, the national rifle association. n.r.a. meeting is scheduled to take place later this hour and all less than 24 hours after the vice-president sent some shock waves in some circles by suggesting that president obama may circumvent congress on this issue and use executive orders to get some these new gun rules in place. >> on whatever side of this debate falls, but the president is going to act executive orders, executive action can be taken, we haven't decided yet, but we're compiling it with the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members, as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> megyn: chris stirewalt is our editor host of power play, and pete is ceo of concerned veterans of america and
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